Ranking the 5 Best Wingers in Philadelphia Flyers History

Dan Fremuth@@hometownphanContributor IIIDecember 1, 2013

Ranking the 5 Best Wingers in Philadelphia Flyers History

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    Jake Voracek, Scott Hartnell, Wayne Simmonds, Matt Read.

    The Philadelphia Flyers presently have a nice core of productive, dynamic wingers. But they pale in comparison to some of the best that have played on the wing for the Orange and Black.

    In fact, some of the NHL's greatest wingers did their work in the City of Brotherly Love.

    With that, here's a look at the top five wingers in Flyers history.

5. Mark Recchi, RW

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    Mark Recchi spent parts of 10 seasons in Philadelphia and accumulated 232 goals, 395 assists and 627 points in 602 games while with the Flyers.

    His first stint with the Orange and Black came from 1992 to 1995 where the Kamloops, British Columbia native managed 105 goals and 262 points in just 200 games. In his only two full seasons in Philadelphia in the mid-'90s, Recchi produced back-to-back 100-point campaigns, including a Flyers single-season record of 123 points during the 1992-93 season.

    After a five-year stint with the Montreal Canadiens, Recchi rejoined the Orange and Black in 1999 and managed five consecutive productive campaigns with the Flyers thereafter.

    With 91 points, the right winger was a finalist for the Lester B. Pearson trophy as NHLPA MVP after finishing third in the league in scoring during the 1999-2000 season. All told, Recchi recorded 127 goals and 365 points in 402 games in a Flyers sweater from 1999 to 2004.

    He remains fourth on Philadelphia's all-time list in assists and ninth in total points.

4. Reggie Leach, RW

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    Reggie Leach spent eight full seasons in Philadelphia compiling 306 goals, 208 assists and 514 points in 606 games with the Orange and Black.

    A perennial sniper, Leach managed 20 or more goals in all eight seasons with the Flyers and produced 30 or more conversions six times while in Philadelphia.

    His most productive season came during the 1975-76 campaign where the Riverton, Manitoba native registered career highs in goals (61), points (91) and plus-minus (plus-73). Leach's 61 goals remains a Flyers' record for most goals scored in a single season.

    The right winger also holds the franchise record for most goals scored in a single postseason when Leach recorded 19 tallies during the 1976 Stanley Cup playoffs. Philadelphia lost out to Montreal in the finals, but Leach was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy as postseason MVP regardless. He holds the dubious distinction of being the only non-goaltender to win the award in a losing cause.

    Leach remains seventh on Philadelphia's all-time list in goals, plus-minus (plus-212) and even strength conversions (222).

3. John LeClair, LW

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    John LeClair spent parts of 10 seasons in the City of Brotherly Love and produced 333 goals, 310 assists and 643 points in 649 games while with the Flyers.

    The dominant power forward came to Philadelphia along with Eric Desjardins and Gilbert Dionne during the 1994-95 season in a trade that sent fellow winger Mark Recchi and a third round pick to the Canadiens. LeClair gelled immediately with new linemate Eric Lindros and quickly became one of the game's most feared goal scorers.

    He, Lindros and Mikael Renberg combined to form the famed "Legion of Doom" line and in his first three full seasons in Philly, the left winger produced three consecutive 50-goal campaigns.

    All told, LeClair managed 20 or more goals eight times in a Flyers jersey and recorded five straight 40-goal seasons from 1995 to 2000. A five-time All-Star in Philadelphia, the St. Albans, Vermont native registered four goals in a single game on three separate occasions with the Flyers.

    He remains fifth on Philadelphia's all-time list in goals, seventh in points, third in even strength markers (231), fourth in power play conversions (102) and first in game-winning goals (61).

2. Tim Kerr, RW

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    Tim Kerr spent the majority of his 13-year NHL career with the Flyers and tallied 363 goals, 287 assists and 650 points in 601 games in Philadelphia.

    A native of Windsor, Ontario, Kerr managed 20 or more goals eight times while in the City of Brotherly Love and produced the greatest goal-scoring run in franchise history when he registered 224 goals in a four-year span from 1983 to 1987, which included a team record four straight 50-goal seasons. That stretch also included Kerr's record-setting 34 power play goals during the 1985-86 campaign.

    At 6'3", 225 pounds, Kerr was almost impossible to move from the high-scoring areas and was a three-time All-Star while with the Flyers.

    He remains third on Philadelphia's all-time list in goals, sixth in total points and first in power play conversions (145).

1. Bill Barber, LW

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    Bill Barber spent the entirety of his 12-year NHL career with the Flyers and accumulated 420 goals, 463 assists and 883 points in 903 games while in Philadelphia.

    The Callander, Ontario native managed at least 20 goals in each of his 12 NHL campaigns and produced 30 or more conversions nine times with the Orange and Black.

    A key contributor to Philadelphia's Stanley Cup championships in 1974 and 1975, Barber was once named to the NHL First All-Star Team and twice to the Second All-Star Team.

    Instantly considered in any conversation regarding the greatest players in Flyers' history, Barber remains first on Philadelphia's all-time list in goals, third in assists and second in points. A complete player, Barber remains first on the team's all-time list in even strength goals (285), second in power play markers (104), second in shorthanded tallies (31) and third in game-winning goals (54).